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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Albuquerque.

Wednesday
Jul232014

Health Officials: West Nile Virus Detected in Bernalillo Country Mosquitoes

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Health officials confirmed Wednesday the first West Nile case in Albuquerque of 2014.

The positive mosquitoes were collected from Bernalillo County and went through routine monitoring before they were confirmed for West Nile virus.

“In light of increased rainfall over the past couple of weeks, and this recent detection of West Nile virus infected mosquitoes, we are making every effort to let the public know how to avoid the risk of contracting the virus and how to help reduce mosquito populations around their homes,” Dr. Paul Smith, manager of the Urban Biology Division of the City of Albuquerque’s Environmental Health Department, said in a statement.

West Nile virus symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. People older than 60 are at a greater risk of contracting the most serious symptoms of the disease.

Health officials are encouraging residents to visit its website to obtain further information regarding the virus.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Missing 79-Year-Old Woman Found 

(ALBUQUERQUE) -- Police say a 79-year-old woman reported missing Tuesday evening has been located.

Elvira Valencia was reported missing on the Albuquerque Police Department's Twitter account around 9 p.m. on July 23. She was last seen at Lovelace Westside Hospital.

Police did not disclose details relating to Valencia’s disappearance and her condition remains unknown.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

One Hospitalized, One in Custody Following Early-Morning Shooting

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- One person is in custody and another is hospitalized following a shooting in Albuquerque early Wednesday morning.

The shooting was reported shortly before 3 a.m. on the 900 block of Vassar Drive SE. Police were told that a dispute between two people led to one person shooting the other multiple times.

The victim was taken to an area hospital in unknown condition.

Police said the alleged shooter had initially left the scene, but later returned and was taken into custody.


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Tuesday
Jul222014

San Miguel County Man Arrested on Federal Child Porn Charges 

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- FBI agents arrested a Las Vegas, New Mexico man on federal child pornography charges, officials announced Monday.

Guy Martinez, 22, was taken into custody on July 18, charged with possessing, receiving, and distributing pictures of minors engaging in sexually explicit acts.

The FBI nabbed Martinez after an international investigation started by police in Brisbane, Australia. Following the arrest of an Australian citizen in March 2012 on child pornography charges, Queensland Police identified more than 100 United States-based email accounts allegedly used to send, receive, or discuss child porn with the individual.

One of the accounts was linked to Martinez. Further investigation revealed that he had two email accounts used for more than 1,000 child pornography images.

If convicted, Martinez faces a prison sentence of up to 20 years, and would be required to register as a sex offender.


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Tuesday
Jul222014

Crews Rescue Hikers on Sandia Mountains 

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Crews from the Bernalillo County Fire Department and Albuquerque Police Department Open Space rescued three hikers from the Sandia Mountains on Monday.

One hiker discovered a Michigan man suffering from a diabetic episode and severe altitude sickness along a trail. The man was laying on the ground nearly unconscious, according to officials. He was treated at scene.

While escorting the patient off the mountain, crews came across a couple in their 60s from Kansas City who were suffering from dehydration and "altitude ailments." They were taken safely from the area.


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Tuesday
Jul222014

Update: Missing Elderly Man Found at Car Dealership

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A missing elderly man has been found safe at an Albuquerque car dealership.

Hector Sanchez was reported missing on Monday after his wife woke up and discovered he was not at home. Police said on Monday afternoon Sanchez, 84, was at Galles Chevrolet, when an employee recognized him from a Silver Alert posted on Facebook.

The employee notified police and comforted Sanchez until officers arrived to take the elderly man home to his wife.


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Monday
Jul212014

Police Issue Alert Regarding Endangered Missing Man

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- The Albuquerque Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating missing 84-year-old man Hector Sanchez.

Sanchez was reported missing July 21 after his wife woke up and discovered he was not at home. The couple lives at 7612 Sunrose Dr. NW and Sanchez is known to take walks in the Sunrose and Butterfield area. Sanchez suffers from Alzheimer’s, according to his family.

Police released this photo of him and are asking anyone with information regarding his whereabouts to contact the department at 505-235-1039.

Albuquerque Police Department

Sanchez is 5-foot-2, weighs 145 pounds and has hazel eyes and grey hair. He was last seen wearing a straw hat.


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Monday
Jul212014

Man Arrested for Allegedly Driving Over Teen

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- The Albuquerque Police Department announced the arrest Monday of 53-year-old Edward Gurule for allegedly driving over a 19-year-old.

Police say the incident occurred at 301 Hannett NE shortly after the two were involved in a dispute at a nearby park. Following their physical altercation, the victim, Tiger Toya, rode away on a bike before Gurule hit Toya with his van, police allege. Police say Gurule fled the scene but was apprehended a short time later.

He is charged with aggravated battery/deadly weapon, tampering with evidence, attempt to commit a violent felony and aggravated DWI. The victim remains in hospital and is listed in stable condition.


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Monday
Jul212014

Two Men Found Dead in Vacant Lot 

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Police continue to investigate the deaths of two people whose bodies were found in Albuquerque over the weekend.

Police said they responded to a vacant lot on the 5900 block of Central Avenue NW on Saturday, and found two men dead.

The identities of the dead men weren't immediately released, and autopsies are to be done to determine the causes of the men's deaths.


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Friday
Jul182014

Two Arrested After Fleeing in Stolen Car

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Two people were arrested after fleeing from police in a stolen car and causing an accident.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department reports that 28-year-old James Litteral almost crashed into the gate at the Sheriff's Department North Valley Command Center early Thursday morning.

When a deputy confronted him, Litteral fled and led authorities on a chase.

Litteral then reportedly crashed into an SUV, injuring two people. He and his passenger, 33-year-old Lucia Jimenez, started to flee on foot, but were then apprehended.

Authorities determined that Litteral was wanted for battery on a police officer and that the car he was driving had been stolen.

Litteral and Jimenez were both arrested.


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